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A Quiet Passion

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.

Director Terence Davies (House of MirthThe Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

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"Mr. Davies, whose work often blends public history and private memory, possesses a poetic sensibility perfectly suited to his subject and a deep, idiosyncratic intuition about what might have made her tick."

A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Nixon is splendid. Davies makes connection between the art and the life clear as light."

James Verniere, Boston Herald

"It is through Nixon's brilliant performance that "A Quiet Passion" illuminates, complicates and ultimately transcends the mystery of its subject's confinement."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"The great theme of Dickinson's life, Davies argues, is finding solace - not in religion, but in art, and the film itself can boast such moments of quiet catharsis."

Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage

"A Quiet Passion becomes both a celebration of the creative spirit, and a poignant reminder of its fragility."

Nikki Baughan, The List

"I'm thrilled to say that it's an absolute drop-dead masterwork."

Richard Brody, New Yorker